Local boxing rep Mapu Jamais returns from 2012 Summer Olympic Games

“As I promised… I put American Samoa on the map”
Lt. Col. Mapu Jamais United States Army (Retired) displaying his awards earned at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England as an International Technical Official Official (ITO) in the sport of boxing. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

Mapu Jamais , the only Samoan Oceania Representative International Technical Official (ITO) in the sport of boxing, who worked during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, recently returned from these games with not only memorabilia, but with awards of recognition as well.

Jamais who is the President of the American Samoa Amateur Boxing Federation (ASABF), is also on the 25-member Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) Executive Committee for 2010-2014 and is currently the only bonafide ITO from the Oceania Region. He is also the Chairman of the AIBA Athletes and Youth Commission.

Some of the awards and certificates of recognition he received included a Certificate of Participation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, a London 2012 Participation Medal from the IOC, an Appreciation Plaque Award along with a Certificate Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance as an ITO during the 2012 Olympic Games from AIBA President Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu.

“It was a tough nineteen days. There were several sessions of boxing per day. It was an experience of a lifetime,” said Jamais. “As I promised before I left for the games, I was going to put American Samoa on the map and I think I did that.”

“As Chairman of the Athletes and Youth Commission and as a certified ITO, I am doing great things. The president of AIBA is happy with my performance, as evident of all of this with these awards and certificates I received. I think I am going to be around boxing to stay. With the time I have left in life, I want to put American Samoa on the map in the sport of boxing”.

“I am determined to put up my own gym here in the territory and if there is anybody out there that believes in me and wants to help, the door is open,” he said.

He went on to say that he truly believes that we (American Samoa) can have women as well as men boxing in the next Olympic Games that will be in 2016, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, if we work together.

Speaking about some of the talent here in American Samoa, Jamais said, “I have let it be known that I have two boxing officials here in American Samoa, that are just as good, if not better than fifty percent of the referees that were in these games.”

In recent article by AIBA Boxing writer James Hamill-Reeves, “From American Samoa to the Pinnacle of Sporting Excellence”, Jamais is noted as a firm believer that hard work gets you results and “the proud native of American Samoa and father of two is a huge personality that brought so much to the competition in London, carrying out his job to perfection. Above all, he remained true to himself and left an indelible mark on every person he met in the British capital.

“For me now, it is all about the kids. I will continue to work hard to improve the sporting opportunities that we can provide for them. Sports and especially boxing, is a hugely beneficial educational tool. A great outlet for stress, it forges strong and humble personalities, the foundation of future success and happiness,” said Jamais in the AIBA article.

Jamias went on to speak to Samoa News about AIBA Professional Boxing, which will be coming up next year.

“Any pro or semi-pro out there that feels you are good enough, I need your passport so I can do a write up on you and submit it for the AIBA professional boxing draft that is coming up. You can contact me at my email at mapujamais@yahoo.com or 733-0828,” he said.

He went on to say that he wishes to express his appreciation to the ASABF and to all of the ones that went to the court case recently to support the Samoa boxer that was incarcerated here last year, to get him released to return to his home country of Samoa.

“I want to thank my brothers that went in my absence to help this fellow out. We had no part in bringing him here last year for the fights that took place then, but we wanted to help the kid out and send him back home,” he said.


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